Two New Vice Presidents Elected at Omaha World-Herald Co.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Richard Seibert, director of operations for the Omaha World-Herald, and Terry Kroeger, president and publisher of the Stockton (Calif.) Record, were elected vice presidents July 20 of the Omaha World-Herald Co.

Seibert joined the World-Herald in 1990 as director of circulation and was named director of operations in January of this year. He previously was vice president of circulation for the Dallas Times Herald.

Kroeger, who joined the company in 1985, became president and publisher in Stockton when the Omaha World-Herald Co. purchased the newspaper last November. At the time, Kroeger was president of World Newspapers, Inc., the holding company for six community newspapers owned by the Omaha World-Herald Co.

In other changes in the news industry:

_ Charles Cochrane, 49, publisher of the Walla Walla (Wash.) Union-Bulletin and a vice president of The Seattle Times Co., will become publisher of the Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic. He will take over for publisher James Barnhill, 64, when he retires April 30. The Seattle Times Co. owns both the Walla Walla and Yakima newspapers.

_ Hugh Jackson, deputy editor of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, was named acting editor at the paper until a successor is hired for editor Dave Simpson, who resigned.

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DEATHS

Robert S. Crandall

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Robert S. Crandall, former New York Times travel editor, died of prostate cancer on July 6. He was 80.

Crandall held various editing positions at the Times, including assistant news editor, metropolitan copy desk chief and foreign desk editor, from 1952 to 1979, when he retired.

Crandall previously worked for The Buffalo (N.Y.) Times. During World War II he worked with the European Stars and Stripes. He also worked for The Herald Tribune in New York for 15 years before joining the Times.

He is survived by a brother and a daughter.

George W. Crane

HILLSBORO, Ind. (AP) _ George W. Crane, a speech writer for President Calvin Coolidge and a syndicated newspaper columnist for six decades, died July 17 at 94.

An author, child psychologist and marriage counselor, Crane credited his experience as a farm hand during his youth with giving him ``horse sense,'' which fueled his quiz feature ``Test Your Horse Sense.''

Crane became a syndicated columnist in 1935 and wrote ``The Worry Clinic,'' on family and religious matters, ``Professor Fax'' and ``Case Records of a Psychologist.''

Crane is survived by three sons and a daughter.

Kathryn Currie

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) _ Kathryn Currie, who covered the Los Angeles Rams for the San Bernardino Sun, died July 20. She was 59.

Currie, who had cancer, suffered respiratory failure after being injured in a traffic accident.

Currie joined the Sun's promotions department in 1971, later moving to the newsroom and then the sports department. She covered the Rams from 1984 to 1986.

She is survived by her husband, two sons and a daughter.

Josephine Davidson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Josephine Field Davidson, who joined The News-Journal as a reporter in 1945 and later became its editor, died July 18 of ovarian cancer. She was 74.

Mrs. Davidson was editor of the News-Journal with her husband, publisher Herbert M. (Tippen) Davidson Jr.

She served as food editor and Sunday editor. She was named co-editor in 1985 and then became editor of The News-Journal.

``Jo Davidson lived and breathed news,'' said Louis D. Boccardi, president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press and a friend of the Davidsons. ``When I saw her letterhead in my mail stack, I knew it would be either a good idea for a story or a sound comment on something she had seen on the wire.''

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Davidson is survived by a son and a daughter.

Elmer M. Jackson

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ Elmer M. Jackson Jr., former editor and general manager of the Evening Capital, died July 17 of complications from a stroke and heart disease. He was 89.

Jackson was editor and general manager of the Evening Capital from 1947 to 1969. The paper later was renamed The Capital.

Jackson is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Billy Watson

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ Billy Watson, president and publisher of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, died July 22 of a heart attack. He was 56.

Watson became president and publisher of the Ledger-Enquirer in 1987.

He joined the Macon Telegraph in 1963 and was named executive editor in 1978 and general manager in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Ray Wilson

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Ray Wilson, a pioneer newscaster who spent more than 35 years as the anchor and news director of San Diego's KFMB-TV, died July 15 of cancer and heart disease. He was 77.

His career at KFMB began in 1952, just three years after the station went on the air. He remained as anchor until in 1973 and retired in 1987.

He is survived by his son.

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NOTES FROM EVERYWHERE

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's town crier was suspended from her job after she was charged in connection with an argument at her husband's former business. Emily Bell, who wears a colonial costume when she shouts the news of the day, was charged July 20 with trespassing and harassment during a confrontation at Minute Man Press. Mrs. Bell has been a town crier since 1992. ... The Microsoft Network has hired a television news director as its senior editor. Andy Beers of KING-TV in Seattle will be a liaison with news organizations that provide material to the on-line news service when Microsoft Network begins operations on Aug. 24.

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